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212rikanmofo

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Siri works and facetime audio calls work over the built-in speaker, so why can't we listen to our music? Makes no sense. I would love to be able to do this. Especially during work, where they don't allow us to bring out phones inside.
 

Shirasaki

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If you ever use Apple Watch to answer the phone call for a while, you should be able to understand why Apple does not want people listen to music through Apple Watch speaker: its volume is still fairly low, compared with iPhone or iPad. Any reasonable level of noise will cover up the sound from Apple Watch. The experience is simply not good.
 
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rgyiv

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I understand and agree with all of the comments above, but I still think it's silly it's not even an option. If it's turned off due to quality control, heck, I'd even click through a prompt every time that says "Please note: sound quality may not be ideal, please use AirPods or compatible headphones"
 
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matrix07

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Guys.. if you really need it just bought a cheap 2nd hand 1st gen AirPods and the problem solved. You can even use it with your iPhone as well.
Using watch speaker will take a heavy toll on watch battery.
 

212rikanmofo

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Thing is I can't wear any type of headphones, ear phones while working inside a distribution center. It's against the policy. Which is why I wanted to be able to listen to it directly from the watch. I already own AirPods.
 

jazz1

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Need I say more? :p

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Waughy

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I imagine it wouldn't do the battery much good. A shame though as I'm currently using a Galaxy Watch, which can play music through the built in speaker, and for what it is the sound is pretty good. Handy for times when you want to hear some music and don't have wireless headphones or a phone at hand.
 
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spooklog

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I agree with you that it is an omission by Apple. The tiny speaker in the Apple Watch 4 is incredibly efficient. I remember the first time I answered a call using the watch: Without thinking I put the watch near my ear, but the caller was so loud it was literally painful. The speaker is excellent in conditions like driving with the window down, crowded spaces and so on.
 
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JobsLoveChild

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Siri works and facetime audio calls work over the built-in speaker, so why can't we listen to our music? Makes no sense. I would love to be able to do this. Especially during work, where they don't allow us to bring out phones inside.
I agree, that’s the 1 feature i’ve been waiting for. When i’m rollerblading or on a walk, I like to be aware of my surrounding and would
rather not wear headphones for safety & hassle. It doesn’t have to be great quality, but a little background noise can provide nice atmosphere sometimes. Spending 800 on a watch should have all the bells and whistles, let us make up our own mind how we manage our battery life. The Health features are great, but the watch should be fun too. They let shazam play music out loud, what's the difference?
 

solrunner

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I agree it might be nice to play music breifly, but I'd probably only be interested listening for a few minutes. Battery life. Terrible sound quality

apple.com/feedback
 
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One2Grift

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I imagine it wouldn't do the battery much good. A shame though as I'm currently using a Galaxy Watch, which can play music through the built in speaker, and for what it is the sound is pretty good. Handy for times when you want to hear some music and don't have wireless headphones or a phone at hand.

Send in a feature request to Apple. It can’t hurt to let them know.
For better or worse, Apple doesn’t tend to provide ‘better than nothing’ features. I suspect they see it as “if a feature’s purposeful design within its best operation is ‘better than nothing’”? Right or wrong, they tend to not add that feature.

I suspect your in the minority on wanting music from the watch speaker. But even if just 5% of watch users want it and emailed that to Apple? maybe they would add the feature.
 

boss.king

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I agree, that’s the 1 feature i’ve been waiting for. When i’m rollerblading or on a walk, I like to be aware of my surrounding and would
rather not wear headphones for safety & hassle. It doesn’t have to be great quality, but a little background noise can provide nice atmosphere sometimes. Spending 800 on a watch should have all the bells and whistles, let us make up our own mind how we manage our battery life. The Health features are great, but the watch should be fun too. They let shazam play music out loud, what's the difference?
Look into bone conduction headphone, they’re fully open (I don’t think they even go into your ears) and would undoubtably be better than listening to your watch.
 
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honglong1976

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Great idea! I always thought having the podcast app, would allow podcasts through the speaker. I lay in bed, the watch is near me, play podcasts, set to turn off after a certain time. Bingo!

One day I am sure Apple will do it.
 
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